Boeing officials discuss future of 737 MAX

Boeing officials discuss future of 737 MAX

Elwell said that the process was still ongoing because the FAA had submitted further questions to Boeing about its technology fixes.

Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell said on Thursday he thought travelers in the United States and around the world would respect any eventual decision by the FAA to return the plane to service.

The MAX 8 has been grounded by many worldwide airlines after software problems were believed to be behind the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight and a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October 2018.

Chinese airlines had 96 737 MAX jets in operation before the grounding and were due to receive delivery of over 130 more this year, CATA said.

Boeing will also have to ready roughly 30 MAX jets that it is storing across the Seattle area, with wheels and engines wrapped in plastic, before delivering them to customers. The two accidents left 346 dead.

Senior FAA officials gave detailed descriptions of their findings to date to the 60 air regulators from 33 governmental agencies, including from China, Brazil, Australia, the European Union, France, Ethiopia, Indonesia and South Korea, who came for the summit.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday that Boeing has not yet handed over the proposed fix for the faulty automated control system for assessment, but some American carriers appear ready to put the plane back in the air.

Boeing and the FAA were increasingly being put under the microscope over both the cause of the crash, and for the lack of information for pilots about an anti-stall feature added to the 737 MAX. "We're talking to them constantly".

"The action that we took after the Lion Air accident was sufficient to make sure that the world. if that happened again, could handle it, that the crews and operators could handle it". Regulators are still debating whether pilots should test the crash scenarios in a simulator, which would cost airlines more time and money than Boeing's proposed computer-based training. Elwell declined to provide a time frame for how soon the agency might approve the airplane's return to service or say if it was realistic that airlines could resume flights by August as some have suggested.

FAA and Boeing representatives briefed members of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) governing council in Montreal on Thursday on efforts to return the plane to service. It consists of experts not involved in any aspect of the Boeing 737 MAX certification.

Boeing announced last week that it had completed the software update to address the issue with its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). It must still formally submit the upgrade for approval and conduct a certification flight before the FAA can act.



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